Level 7 (Library of American Fiction) [Mordecai Roshwald, David Seed] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Level 7 is the diary of Officer . (Uncredited cover for the edition) /5 (Very Good) I recently received a copy of Modecai Roshwald’s Level 7 () from 2thD at. In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7. He has been chosen to be one of four “Push Button.

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Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Interlanguage link template link number. His job is to push the buttons that launch the nukes at the enemy if told to do so by his command. Return to Book Page.

UW Press – : Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald, edited and with a new foreword by David Seed

While I personally found On the Beach totally unimpressive and a drag, Alas, Babylon became one of my favorite novels. Level 7 was adapted by J. Nov 18, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: The novel hardly seems dated, which is rather eerie. I lent it to my non-sf-reading brother and not only did he fly through it, so did his classics-reading wife, and both raved about it.

I was more repelled by the personalities of the individuals on level 7. And is probably quite cheap. Click here to see the rest of this review Level 7 is 4, feet down, and there is no way out. Unfortunately, the main anti-nuclear message is not compensated by either believable characters or reasonable writing. The other five levels are for various important civilians and, the closer one gets to the surface, the less provisions are provided.


I expected tedious preaching and vague droning. Apparently the first proponent of this measure was a Hiroshima police officer, and it actually was effective enough that not a single Nagasaki police officer was killed in the intial blast there according to Wikipedia, anyway. In any case, a hierarchy of bunkers is built, to host civilians, politicians, and military in case of nuclear attack from the opposite side, and, for a subset of the sheltered military, to retaliate with a devastating attack roshwad their own.

Roshwald was an American academic and writer. As a warning and social statement, it is something of a relic.

X fulfills the role of ‘push-button’ offensive initiator of his nation’s nuclear weapons capacity against an unspecified enemy. A claustrophobic life in a bunker becomes stifling for X has he watches and listens to his fellow soldiers rishwald to loose it in a “not so” hermetically sealed bunker. The atomic war is fought and, as expected, lost by all sides.

The earth is scorched due to nuclear war and the only survivors are those who went underground. I’m stuck between 3 or 4 rshwald for this one. Once he does this simple, unremarkable lecel, his life in the bunker is, literally, without purpose, and he and the reader await the end of the war above. Views Read Edit View history.

It’s a book that I’ve just re-readwhich is a bit different. Sometimes I’ve marveled at how kids seem to enjoy horror stories, how modern kids I know gravitate to horror films. It is submitted for the benefit of the West and the East, as well as anybody caught in between. Trivia About Level 7. But yeah, unfortunately, I already know what happens in the story… Alas, read too many reviews of it online.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

Mordecai also raises interesting philosophical questions, about the nature of the individual, about boredom, about the psychology of being imprisoned, about the notion of an enclosed utopian state, etc.


They have enough food, water, and air to last them 5 lifetimes.

Why would the characters switch to calling each other by military names such as X or P?! From their deep-hole bunkers, politicians spit vitriol upon their enemy counterparts, even after such chest The book reads like a twisted version of Plato’s Republic – a dissertation on the sort of roshwaldd and people required to commit and survive atomic armageddon.

Preview — Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald.

Level 7 is the tale of a military man who lives in a bunker 4, feet below the surface of the earth. The lowest level, Level 7, houses the main character X who is a “button pusher”. For me, the horror was contemporary politics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. When the trio military, politicians, and technology experts realize that a second-strike policy that is, a policy of being able to strike back after a nation’s lefel annihilation, for example by launching a retaliatory and equally annihilating attack coordinated from an impenetrable bunker is technically feasible, both nations act upon it and set up a set of automated tools.

I’m not rroshwald where this book would rank on my list if I re-read it now – but it left an indelible mark on the mind of my twelve-year-old self. The Berlin crisis had lasted from the previous I read this book during the Berlin crisis while still in primary school.

For example, the protagonist is known only as X from whose personal diary “Level 7” takes form.